How to Cast iPhone or iPad Pictures to Roku

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Max holds a B.S. in mass communications from SIU, an M.A. in communications from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

Sharing pictures on your Apple iPhone or iPad with a large group of people in the same room can be difficult. It's not practical for a large group of people to crowd around you to view an image, and you may not want to pass your device around a room where people will have the opportunity to click other information on your device. If you have Roku devices nearby, Roku makes it possible to mirror images from your Apple device to the monitor connected to your Roku device through the Roku app.

The first Roku devices were rolled out in 2002.
The first Roku devices were rolled out in 2002. | Source

Steps to Mirror iPhone or iPad Pictures to Roku Device

  1. Ensure that your iPhone or iPad and the Roku device you want to mirror pictures from your Apple device to are connected to the same WiFi network. You can make sure WiFi is enabled on your iPhone or iPad and see what network your device is connected to by tapping "Settings" and then "Wi-Fi" on your Apple device.
  2. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad, and download the Roku app developed by Roku Inc if you don't have the app on your device already.
  3. Launch the Roku app. The home screen for the Roku app will display the channels installed on the Roku device it's currently connected to.
  4. Tap "Settings" along the bottom of the app, and then click "Switch Roku Device." A list of detected Roku devices connected to the same wireless network as your Apple device appears. Tap the name of the Roku device you want to mirror pictures from your iPhone or iPad to. You'll be connected to that particular Roku device and routed back to the Settings screen.
  5. Tap "Photos" along the bottom of the screen. The Play on Roku screen appears.
  6. Choose "Photos" in the list of options that appears. The Photos screen appears, displaying the detected albums in the Photos app.
  7. Tap one of the photo albums that appears. A screen appears that displays all of the images in that album.
  8. Tap the image you want to display on your Roku device. An "Adding to Play On Roku" message appears on the screen briefly, and then the image appears on the screen in the Roku iPhone or iPad app, and on the screen associated with the Roku device you're connected to.
  9. Use the "Left" and "Right" arrows at the bottom of the Roku app to move through other images in the photo album you're viewing. Those images will appear will appear on the Roku device you're mirroring to.

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Make sure that your iPhone or iPad and the Roku device you want to cast pictures to are connected to the same wireless network.If you haven't already download the Roku app to your device, you'll need to do that before you can move forward. The official Roku app is developed by Roku Inc.The home screen for the Roku app will display a full list of channels installed on the Roku you're connected to.Tap "Settings" to display a screen that shows what Roku device you're currently connected to. If you have multiple Roku devices, you can select "Switch Roku Device" to change to a different one.A list of all Roku devices on your wireless network will appear. Tap to select the Roku device you want to cast pictures from your iPhone or iPad to.After selecting "Photos+" along the bottom of the home screen, the Play on Roku screen appears. Choose "Photos" on this screen.The Photos screen appears, displaying the detected albums in the Photos app. Tap one of the photo albums that appears.A screen appears that displays the images in that album.Tap the image you want to display on your Roku device. An "Adding to Play On Roku" message appears on the screen briefly.The image you selected then appears on your iPhone or iPad screen inside of the Roku app.The image also appears on the screen associated with the Roku device you're connected to in the Roku app.
Make sure that your iPhone or iPad and the Roku device you want to cast pictures to are connected to the same wireless network.
Make sure that your iPhone or iPad and the Roku device you want to cast pictures to are connected to the same wireless network. | Source
If you haven't already download the Roku app to your device, you'll need to do that before you can move forward. The official Roku app is developed by Roku Inc.
If you haven't already download the Roku app to your device, you'll need to do that before you can move forward. The official Roku app is developed by Roku Inc. | Source
The home screen for the Roku app will display a full list of channels installed on the Roku you're connected to.
The home screen for the Roku app will display a full list of channels installed on the Roku you're connected to. | Source
Tap "Settings" to display a screen that shows what Roku device you're currently connected to. If you have multiple Roku devices, you can select "Switch Roku Device" to change to a different one.
Tap "Settings" to display a screen that shows what Roku device you're currently connected to. If you have multiple Roku devices, you can select "Switch Roku Device" to change to a different one. | Source
A list of all Roku devices on your wireless network will appear. Tap to select the Roku device you want to cast pictures from your iPhone or iPad to.
A list of all Roku devices on your wireless network will appear. Tap to select the Roku device you want to cast pictures from your iPhone or iPad to. | Source
After selecting "Photos+" along the bottom of the home screen, the Play on Roku screen appears. Choose "Photos" on this screen.
After selecting "Photos+" along the bottom of the home screen, the Play on Roku screen appears. Choose "Photos" on this screen. | Source
The Photos screen appears, displaying the detected albums in the Photos app. Tap one of the photo albums that appears.
The Photos screen appears, displaying the detected albums in the Photos app. Tap one of the photo albums that appears. | Source
A screen appears that displays the images in that album.
A screen appears that displays the images in that album. | Source
Tap the image you want to display on your Roku device. An "Adding to Play On Roku" message appears on the screen briefly.
Tap the image you want to display on your Roku device. An "Adding to Play On Roku" message appears on the screen briefly. | Source
The image you selected then appears on your iPhone or iPad screen inside of the Roku app.
The image you selected then appears on your iPhone or iPad screen inside of the Roku app. | Source
The image also appears on the screen associated with the Roku device you're connected to in the Roku app.
The image also appears on the screen associated with the Roku device you're connected to in the Roku app. | Source

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